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Avenfield: AC Asked To Record Proceedings Over Zia’s U-turns  

Islamabad (April 02, 2018): The counsel of Sharif family, Khwaja Haris, on Monday continued to cross examine the star witness in the Avenfield reference, Wajid Zia.   

This is the fourth consecutive proceedings in which the prime witness in the case, Wajid Zia, is being cross-examined. The case proceedings on Monday began with Judge Muhammad Bashir in the chair. Former premier Nawaz Sharif’s counsel pleaded the accountability court to record the proceedings of the Avenfield properties reference pointing to Zia’s ‘u-turns’ in his statements.

The Nawaz’s counsel pleaded the court to record the proceedings of the case. The judge informally agreed to the notion.In his testimony today, Zia informed the court that the JIT’s probe was limited to the scope of documents.

Responding to Haris’ query, Zia stated that the JIT spoke to Nawaz’s brother Shehbaz Sharif and relative Tariq Shafi regarding the Gulf Steel Mills, adding that they also wrote to the Dubai authorities seeking details of the mills but no response was received. Moreover, in response to Haris’ questions, Zia confirmed that neither Nawaz himself nor any witness claimed that the former premier remained associated with the Gulf Steel Mills or Ahli Steel Mills. Zia also asserted that there was no proof that Nawaz benefitted from the sale of 75 per cent shares of Gulf Steel Mills.

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